QB Josh Johnson - Free Agent
|6-2, 213||Born: 5-15-1986||College: San Diego||Drafted: Round 5, pick 160 (2008)|
2018 Week 14 vs NYG (11 / 16 / 195 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 45 / 1 rush)
Josh Johnson took the field a little more than midway through the third quarter in relief of Mark Sanchez. His production was garbage time the rest of the way, but he still proved to be more effective running the offense. Josh found Jamison Crowder on a drag route that he took in for a touchdown from seventy-eight yards out. He added a rushing touchdown as well. Josh attempted sixteen passes and made the most of his completions as a few of them went for chunk gains. His mobility was a factor keeping plays alive to find open receivers. The offense remained very limited as Josh has barely had time to digest the playbook but it was clear he is the best fit moving forward.
2018 Week 15 vs JAX (16 / 25 / 151 / 1 / 0 pass, 9 / 49 / 0 rush)
Josh Johnson looked every bit like a quarterback that isn't comfortable with a new team. He has barely been there two weeks and it looked like it today. He was indecisive in the pocket and often tried to use his mobility to keep plays alive. However, he saved his best for last as he orchestrated a touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter. Then shortly after he set up the kicker for a game winning field goal. Josh only threw for one hundred and fifty yards but his forty-nine yards rushing was a huge plus. Playing in a game that remained close throughout was highly beneficial for Josh to compete and become effective.
2018 Week 16 vs TEN (13 / 23 / 153 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
Josh Johnson kept the offense afloat for the majority of the day. He led a run-heavy attack as the offense combined for thirty-four rush attempts. Josh only attempted twenty-three passes and most of them were short completions to emphasize ball control. He only completed thirteen passes but sprinkled in a seven yard touchdown in the first half. It was an effective gameplan as he led the offense on a couple of 80+ yard drives. However, with Washington trailing late in the fourth quarter they needed him to be more aggressive in the passing game and they collapsed. Josh missed his receiver that was open on a slant and that closed the door on a potential upset.
2018 Week 17 vs PHI (12 / 27 / 91 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)
Johnson struggled mightily against the Eagles defense in the shutout loss to end the season. While Johnson had one interception on his final stat line, he nearly threw three others and took a myriad of untimely third and fourth down sacks. The lone stretch of rhythm to the Washington passing game was on a garbage time drive only to be ended by a fourth down sack before Washington could finish the drive. Johnson's mobility was a non-factor in the game as he was used on rollouts but scrambling did not result in any impact plays.
2012 Week 17 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
After Lawrence Timmons blow up Thad Lewis late in the fourth quarter, Johnson came in on fourth and nine to suffer the same fate. Timmons hit him hard from behind and Johnson fumbled the football to the home side.
2011 Week 1 vs DET (1 / 3 / 7 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Johnson saw action for one play near the end of the first quarter, and one brief series at the end of the third quarter while Josh Freeman was having extra padding added to his ribs. On the series that Johnson led, the Bucs went three and out, and Freeman returned to lead his team in the fourth quarter. Clearly Johnson has the talent to play, but he is definitely second fiddle to Josh Freeman.
2011 Week 4 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Was asked to run an option play late in the 3rd quarter where he tucked and ran for a 1st down. One play later the Bucs took it in for a touchdown.
2011 Week 5 vs SF (1 / 2 / 7 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Mostly in the game at the very end to simply mop up for Freeman and the Bucs in a blowout. He did connect with Briscoe on a pass play but other than that not much to see.
2011 Week 10 vs HOU (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Johnson came in late in the game and fumbled a handoff to a running back. He had a wobbling pass to an open tight end that would have been a tough catch, and had his other pass broken up by the defense.
2011 Week 13 vs CAR (16 / 27 / 229 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 45 / 0 rush)
Josh Johnson got the call in relief of Josh Freeman, whose injured shoulder meant he could not go on Sunday. Johnson, an elusive runner in the open field with a decent throwing arm, had an average day against the Panthers. The Buccaneers went down 14-0 early and hence the Bucs could not rely on the ground game as much as they might have wished. Johnson did show good improvement throughout the game; initially, pressure forced him to get outside the pocket and expose himself to more hits. Later, he would step up in the pocket, allowing the rush to pass him by. Johnson completed some pretty passes downfield when he had protection and connected particularly well with Mike Williams, notably on a 42-yard deep ball. Johnson did a good job to scramble when he needed to as well. A crucial interception in the third quarter when the football was snapped too early and the ball came loose was a big turning point. With the game in its dying moments Johnson completed a touchdown pass to a wide open Dezmon Briscoe streaking down the sideline. Johnson's lack of "feel" in the pocket and size will mean it will be hard for him to be a starter in the long term, but the raw tools are there to be moulded.
2011 Week 14 vs JAX (1 / 2 / 3 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Johnson came in to mop up the lopsided loss and continued what Freeman had started. After completing a short pass he threw well over the head of his receiver for yet another Buccaneer turnover.
2010 Week 3 vs PIT (6 / 6 / 67 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Had to come into the game on a drive early because Freeman was shaken up. Johnson then came in for mop up duty late and managed to complete all his passes but Pittsburgh had long taken the day off and was ready to enjoy happy hour after the game. Johnson does look better than he did last year but again the game was lopsided and out of hand so Johnson was playing against mostly the 2nd team defense at that point.
2010 Week 5 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 4 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Was in the game momentarily for Freeman after a series of big hits by Cincinnati. He did fine to hold the fort down until Freeman could get back in the game.
2009 Week 2 vs BUF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Johnson lined up as a wide receiver for one play.
2009 Week 3 vs NYG (4 / 10 / 36 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)
Johnson finally got the call when Byron Leftwich took 40 minutes to convert one first down, and he looked ready for it. He was very dangerous the one time he broke the pocket, and Johnson put exactly the right arc on an intermediate and a long touch pass to the outside - the long pass drawing a pass interference call. Johnson displayed courage hanging in to take a hit to convert a fourth-down throw. He was comfortable running the offense until he got to first and goal, when he became a little anxious and seemed to throw with a little too much velocity.
2009 Week 4 vs WAS (13 / 22 / 106 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 41 / 0 rush)
Johnson looked every bit the part of a player making his first NFL start. He wasn't patient in the pocket (although the Redskins did get good pressure at times), he was too eager to pull down the ball and run, and he was executing a very low risk, limited game plan. On the plus side, he put the ball in the perfect spot on his first NFL TD pass to Antonio Bryant and set it up with a nice play action fake. Johnson displayed his ability to keep plays alive with his athleticism. He seemed comfortable running the no huddle at the end of the first half, and showed the ability to break tackles on the run. Johnson was intercepted when he didn't read DeAngelo Hall peeling off his shallow coverage to come underneath a deep route, and he should have been intercepted again on a miscommunication. His running ability still makes him an intriguing desperation flyer at QB, but it's clear that the offense will be very conservative with Johnson at the helm.
2009 Week 5 vs PHI (26 / 50 / 240 / 2 / 3 pass, 5 / 40 / 0 rush)
Johnson did very well in the face of a ton of blitzes from the Eagles in Week 5. Johnson was blitzed at least 20 times and possibly as much as 50% of his passing attempts (he threw 50 times) but used his agility, speed and quickness to elude the Eagles as much as possible to escape within and then quickly out of the pocket. Johnson did not do what most mobile young quarterbacks would do in those situations - he chose to continue to look down field for possible receivers. He did run on occasion, tucking it under and rushing five times including a long 29 yard rush where he avoided several would-be tacklers. Johnson's numbers would have even been better if he had more reliable outlets as only TE Kellen Winslow Jr. did much with their chances. Drops continued to plague the Buccaneer receivers, costing Johnson a shot at a 300-yard performance. Look for Johnson to continue to make plays on offense next week against Carolina.
2009 Week 6 vs CAR (11 / 17 / 147 / 0 / 1 pass, 8 / 45 / 0 rush)
Johnson looked comfortable leading this team. He was not afraid to throw deep, or into coverage. When he had time to make plays, he made them. Early in the game, his line gave him plenty of time, and he was almost always able to find an open receiver. On occasion, he reminded us that he was a rookie - for example, when he overthrew a wide open Sammie Stroughter in the red zone. Johnson had great scrambling ability, and often fought for the extra yard to get the first down. He also played smart under pressure, showing veteran-like poise at times, which won't show up in the box score or his fantasy line, but bodes well for the future. For example, he got out of his own end zone to avoid giving up a safety as the pocket collapsed, instead of making a desperation throw that could have been intercepted. Ultimately, Johnson's inconsistency cost him: his fumble and interception were too much to overcome, and led to a narrow defeat.
2009 Week 7 vs NE (9 / 26 / 156 / 1 / 3 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Johnson was blitzed heavily all day. His first interception (which was returned for a touchdown) was a direct result of making a bad throw under pressure. His strength is in improvising, and he made a nice completion to Cadillac Williams while scrambling. For the most part, Johnson made good decisions under pressure, and doesn't get rattled after a turnover or a dropped pass. Despite these good qualities, the bottom line for Johnson is that he is inconsistent. He completed a perfect over-the-shoulder pass, deep to Antonio Bryant for a TD, for example. But for every play like that, there was an equally poor one that killed a drive. That, and his receivers are wildly inconsistent as well. Not the best combination. His third interception was the result of a Hail Mary pass to end the first half.